Hearing Voices Exhibition Durham, 5th November 2016

Hearing Voices: suffering, inspiration, and the everyday
5 November 2016 – 26 February 2017 , 10:00 to 17:00


Hearing a voice in the absence of any speaker is one of the most unusual, complex, and mysterious aspects of human experience. Typically treated, and popularly regarded, as a symptom of severe mental disorders such as schizophrenia, voice-hearing is increasingly recognized as an important part of many people’s lives and experience, as well as a phenomenon that has had profound significance, not only for individuals, but across societies, cultures, and history.

From the revelatory and inspirational voices of medieval mystics to those of imaginary friends in childhood, and from the inner voices of writers as they craft their stories to those we hear as we read them, the exhibition will explore the complexity and diversity of the experience and interpretation of voice-hearing.

The exhibition will explore voice-hearing from personal, scientific, historical, literary and theological perspectives, and investigate different facets of the experience of hearing voices through original artworks, artefacts and narratives from the medieval to modern periods. It will also be accompanied by a linked programme of public events that will include creative workshops, public lectures, panel discussions and events for young people.

More information here

8th World Hearing Voices Congress

The 8th World Hearing Voices Congress

The 8th World Hearing Voices Congress is hosted by REV France, the French Hearing Voices Network

Making History, Owning Our Stories

19 – 22nd October 2016, Paris, France


Wednesday 19 October – Intervoice Day & Evening Public Event (plenary conference)
Thursday 20 & Friday 21 October – The World Hearing Voices Congress, made exclusively of workshops
Saturday 22nd October – Public Forum
A detailed programme will be available at the end of June.

See: for up to date information, or e-mail

World Hearing Voices Day

World Hearing Voices Day: 14th September


2016 has been a difficult year so far, with many violent actions fuelled by intolerance, hatred and fear. We stand alongside those who have been victimised, hurt, abused, neglected or left feeling like they don’t belong in our society. Without minimising the impact of such events and actions, we have also seen many examples of sharing, connection, hope and courage. We have heard about new groups, new networks and people who are doing their best to create a world where people who hear voices (or have any other form of difference) are accepted and valued for who they are.

Paper LightbulbsWorld Hearing Voices Day celebrates hearing voices as part of the diversity of human experience, increasing awareness of the fact that you can hear voices and be healthy. It challenges the negative attitudes towards people who hear voices and the incorrect assumption that hearing voices, in itself, is a sign of illness.

Inspired by Louise Pembroke, a voice hearer and psychiatric survivor from England, we have celebrated World Hearing Voices Day since 2006. Without core funding, World Hearing Voices Day relies on the creativity, energy and passion of our members. Thankfully, our membership is overflowing with ideas and we have witnessed an impressive array of events and activities across the world. These events have included celebrations, social media campaigns, poetry/music events, conferences, marches, stalls and gatherings.

How are you celebrating World Hearing Voices Day?

For our 2016 World Hearing Voices Day, we want to hear about what you are doing in your part of the world to celebrate the diversity of human experience, to encourage people to talk about voices and visions, and to challenged prejudice and discrimination.

Celebrate with us by:

  • Hosting, or going to, an event (tell us what you’re planning and we’ll promote it)
  • Using the day to talk about ‘hearing voices’. Share some of Intervoice’s essential facts and promote some discussion with friends, colleagues and relatives.
  • Using social media to raise awareness (for example, by tweeting about voices and visions with the hashtag #WorldHearingVoicesDay)
  • Download, and use, our World Hearing Voices Day logos on your website or social media (
  • Take part in Psycope’s one minute silence as a mark of respect to those for whom silence can be hard to find (12pm)
  • Everything you do to help us raise awareness of hearing voices is appreciated – if we all do one small thing we can collectively make a big difference!

Each year, we list all of the events on this website. If you’re planning an event, or want to tell us about something you’ve done to celebrate World Hearing Voices Day, contact us at, or join our World Hearing Voices Day Facebook Group.

Lorna Byrne: The Lady Who Sees Angels


Lorna Byrne is an Irish author and peace ambassador. She is best known for her bestselling memoir, Angels in My Hair: A Message of Hope from the Angels and Love from Heaven

Lorna has been seeing Angels since she was a child, but she only started telling the world about the Angels since 2008.

See the videos about her life and work entitled The Lady Who Sees Angels and Angels in America in our Spirituality Section here.

Gandhi – the hearing of the Voice



Mahatma Gandhi on hearing the Voice, preceded by great struggle within him, then it came to offer him clear direction of “right path”. His commitment to non-violence enabled him to show the way a huge nation walk to emancipation and independence .

See Recovery Network Toronto where this image originated from.



Bob Marley – The Voice Inside

There’s a voice inside everyone – Bob Marley

“This is to the people that have a voice inside of them that talk to them, you know, that is the voice that people must listen to, because in everything you gonna do there is a wrong way and a right way, and if you listen good you will know the right way, because there is a voice inside talking to everyone, seen?”

Robert Nesta Marley











These images and text came from Recovery Network Toronto.

‘At least he doesn’t have to hear those wretched voices in his head again’: Alastair Campbell

At least he doesn’t have to hear those wretched voices in his head again’: Alastair Campbell’s pain as his schizophrenia-suffering older brother dies from respiratory collapse aged 62

Read more here

“Alternatives to Psychiatry Are Here to Stay” — New York Times

The New York Times airs criticism of psychiatry, and offers alternatives to it, in an article by Benedict Carey in today’s Health section. An Alternative Form of Mental Health Care Gains a Foothold brings attention to the proliferation of the Hearing Voices Network, the increasing acceptance of the Open Dialogue approach, and the contribution of the Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health care has made, saying “For the first time in this country, experts say, psychiatry’s critics are mounting a sustained, broadly based effort to provide people with practical options, rather than solely alleging abuses like overmedication and involuntary restraint.”

New York Times, August 8, 2016

Read article here


Hearing Voices Database Research Study Update

Complete The Hearing Voices Survey And Save Lives (Click on title to visit site)

Scott Stewart is conducting research into hearing voices (verbal auditory hallucinations – VAH).

The efforts being made by The Hearing Voices Database are intended to help people who live with the experience of hearing voices are continuing. We believe that this database of phenomenology will provide the first and best opportunity to empirically measure the efficacy of coping strategies, and understanding of how best to target them to relieve distress.

The Hearing Voices Database website is a research platform investigating voices (VAH).

The propensity to help people is governed by the enlistment of respondents (UK) for a short survey (6-8 minutes to complete) about voice (VAH) hostility.

The aim of the Hearing Voices Database research is the creation of a comprehensive (currently English language) repository of verbal auditory hallucinations. This will be an invaluable resource for other researchers.

The site is also undertaking research into salient factors determining the ‘disposition’ (hostility, malevolence) of voices, in particular looking at the phenomenological impact of pharmacological interventions.



Online survey entitled ‘Exploring the Content of Voice Hearing’

Request from Kirsty Phillips

“I am an MSc Student at University College London (UCL) and I am conducting an online survey entitled ‘Exploring the Content of Voice Hearing’. This study is being conducted under the supervision of Chris Brewin (Professor of Clinical Psychology, UCL) and in collaboration with Dr Eleanor Longden and Professor John Morton. Essentially our study is interested in exactly what people hear when a voice speaks to them, as well as their own perception of the voice and their experience of voice hearing. This type of study has never been conducted before and we are hoping it will provide great insight into the voice hearing experience. Unfortunately, currently we only have a few respondents and we will need a much greater number of participants. I am wondering if it would at all be possible for you to make your group aware of the study or circulate the appropriate links to anyone that may be interested in completing the anonymous online survey about their experience of voice hearing.

Here is some more information about the study:

“Exploring the Content of Voice Hearing.”

‘What does it mean to hear a voice?’

“Hearing voices” is an experience where person has a strong perception of hearing a voice that is not identified as being their own internal voice, and does not originate from another person nearby.

‘Do you hear voices?’

You are not alone. It’s estimated that between 3-10 percent of the population hear voices. Furthermore, there are support networks available to people who have these experiences in the UK (Hearing Voices Network) and internationally (Intervoice).

‘Why take part in our study?’

For those who experience the phenomena of hearing voices, it can be extremely distressing and have a major impact on their ability to go about daily life. Recently, psychological research has begun to explore the phenomena of voice hearing in more depth. By more fully understanding these experiences, the better the psychological and voice hearing communities become at managing and overcoming these experiences. Other research has addressed the occurrence of voice hearing across multiple psychiatric conditions and the characteristics or properties that may be associated with the voices heard. However, our study is unique in that we are attempting to gather examples of what exactly a person hears when they hear voice. From these examples we intended to analyse the properties of the language used and how these properties may relate to the characteristics of that voice. A study of this kind has not yet been conducted and we are hopeful that it may give us a great insight into the phenomena of hearing voices by more fully understanding exactly what the voices say.

All data collected by this study will be stored in accordance with the provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998.

Here are four different ways in which the link to the survey can be accessed:

The study is currently being advertised on the Intervoice website:

The study can be accessed directly through the survey link here.Alternatively, the study can be accessed through social media pages:
Twitter: (@VoiceHearing)

(It is not necessary to have accounts for Facebook/twitter to view these pages to access the link the survey)

If you have any further queries regarding this study please do not hesitate to contact me